The qualification gives a coherent introduction to the study of Graphics. Students develop a broad range of Graphic Design work and gain an understanding of the creative process. This course has been designed for Post 16 Graphics students who enjoy learning new techniques and want to develop key skills required in the Graphic Design industry. It will prepare candidates to progress into further or higher education, to follow courses in a broad range of Graphics based subjects, and ultimately to pursue a career in the creative industries.
Graphic Design is essentially about visual communication. It is all around us and we can see evidence of Graphic Designers’ work in advertising, magazines, books, packaging, websites, and anywhere a message, an idea or an emotion needs to be conveyed with text and image.
This course enables students to reflect on the work of artists and designers and to learn about the professional practices relevant to this specialism. Students will learn how to respond to a brief, and to work with a target audience in mind, encouraging them to problem solve and think critically about their work.
Unit 1: Visual Recording and Communication
Unit 2: Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design
Unit 3: The Creative Process
Unit 4: Graphic Materials, Techniques and Processes
Minimum of five 9-4 grades in GCSE examinations including English and Maths.